Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on February 23? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 23 is the 54th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 10, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,487,808,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontatetragon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 361 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,525 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 23 Historical Events

  • 1883
    Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
  • 1905
    Chicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen meet for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world’s first service club.
  • 1918
    First victory of Red Army over the Kaiser’s German troops near Narva and Pskov. In honor of this victory, the date is celebrated from 1923 onward as “Red Army Day”; it is renamed Defender of the Fatherland Day after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and is colloquially known as “Men’s Day”.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Iraq, thus beginning the ground phase of the war.
  • 2005
    The controversial French law on colonialism is passed, requiring teachers to teach the “positive values of colonialism”. After public outcry, it is repealed at the beginning of 2006.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1891
    Harold Horder, Australian rugby league player (d. 1978)
  • 1929
    Elston Howard, American baseball player (d. 1980)
  • 1945
    Allan Boesak, South African activist
  • 1957
    Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (d. 2009)
  • 1986
    Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese idol (KAT-TUN)

Who died on February 23?

  • 1447
    Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (b. 1390)
  • 1464
    Zhengtong, Emperor of China (b. 1427)
  • 1897
    Woldemar Bargiel, German composer (b. 1828)
  • 1948
    John Robert Gregg, Irish-born publisher and inventor (b. 1866)
  • 1983
    Herbert Howells, English composer (b. 1892)

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